Elevating the Stories of Youth - The National Geographic Photo Camp

December 4th, 2023  |  Planet Earth

Photography can be one of the most powerful story-telling mediums that exists. Empowering at-risk or under-served youth to utilize this tool to tell their stories can result in uplifting and life-changing results.

National Geographic Photo Camp - A Conversation with Kirsten Elstner on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.
Cuba - 2016: Photograph by National Geographic Photo Camp student, Jonathan Lopez Avila.

Today's guest on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast, Kirsten Elstner is the founder and director of National Geographic Photo Camp, whose mission is to work with youth from diverse communities worldwide, guiding them as they use photography to tell their own stories and develop meaningful connections with others. Since 2003, she has worked in over 35 countries and designed over 145 programs, with the intention of inspiring and encouraging young people to see the power of their own voices.

On this week's episode, we discuss:

  • What National Geographic Photo Camp is, how it was started, and what impacts it is making across the globe.
  • How Photo Camp operates, including the selection process and funding.
  • Advice for capturing more meaningful stories of our own.
  • How Photo Camp looks to evolve in the future.
  • How to get started with National Geographic as a photographer.
  • And a lot more!
National Geographic Photo Camp - A Conversation with Kirsten Elstner on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.
Uganda - 2018: Photograph by National Geographic Photo Camp student, Isaac Nelly.

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National Geographic Photo Camp - A Conversation with Kirsten Elstner on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.
Uganda - 2018/02/21: Kirsten Elstner, Founder and Director of National Geographic Photo Camp, with students during National Geographic Photo Camp in Uganda. Photo by Lynn Johnson/National Geographic.

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National Geographic Photo Camp - A Conversation with Kirsten Elstner on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.
National Geographic Photo Camp - A Conversation with Kirsten Elstner on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.
National Geographic Photo Camp - A Conversation with Kirsten Elstner on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.
National Geographic Photo Camp - A Conversation with Kirsten Elstner on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.
National Geographic Photo Camp - A Conversation with Kirsten Elstner on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.
National Geographic Photo Camp - A Conversation with Kirsten Elstner on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.
National Geographic Photo Camp - A Conversation with Kirsten Elstner on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.
National Geographic Photo Camp - A Conversation with Kirsten Elstner on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.
National Geographic Photo Camp - A Conversation with Kirsten Elstner on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.
National Geographic Photo Camp - A Conversation with Kirsten Elstner on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.
National Geographic Photo Camp - A Conversation with Kirsten Elstner on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.
National Geographic Photo Camp - A Conversation with Kirsten Elstner on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.
National Geographic Photo Camp - A Conversation with Kirsten Elstner on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.
National Geographic Photo Camp - A Conversation with Kirsten Elstner on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.
National Geographic Photo Camp - A Conversation with Kirsten Elstner on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.
National Geographic Photo Camp - A Conversation with Kirsten Elstner on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.
National Geographic Photo Camp - A Conversation with Kirsten Elstner on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.
National Geographic Photo Camp - A Conversation with Kirsten Elstner on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.
National Geographic Photo Camp - A Conversation with Kirsten Elstner on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.
National Geographic Photo Camp - A Conversation with Kirsten Elstner on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.
National Geographic Photo Camp - A Conversation with Kirsten Elstner on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.
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